Thursday, Nov. 18 marks a significant day in American history. The U.S. Senate will hold a hearing on the importance of ratifying the Convention on the Elimination on All forms of Discrimination Against Women, perhaps better known by its acronym CEDAW.
The United Nations adopted the CEDAW Treaty on Dec. 18, 1979, and by 2003, 172 countries had ratified the Treaty to give women equal rights in all aspects of their lives. The United States is one of only seven countries that has not ratified CEDAW. The other six are Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Nauru, Palau and Tonga.
Witnesses for the hearing include Geena Davis, Academy Award-Winning Actress and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (Davis also took part in Vision 2020: An American Conversation about Woman and Leadership in October.); Wazhma Frogh, of the Afghan Women’s Network; and Marcia Greenberger, co-president of the National Women’s Law Center.
If you live in the Washington, D.C., area and would like to attend the CEDAW hearing, it is Nov. 22 at 2pm in 226 Dirksen Senate building. If you can’t make it to the hearing, write to your senators asking them to ratify this important treaty. You can do this online by visiting: https://secure2.convio.net/nwlc/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=577.